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Urban Sustainability

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Kod przedmiotu: 4030-US Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (brak danych)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Urban Sustainability
Jednostka: Wydział Geografii i Studiów Regionalnych
Grupy: Sustainable Development, obligatory courses, 2nd cycle programme, 1st year, 2nd semester
Sustainable Development, obligatory courses, offered by the Faculty of Biology
Sustainable Development, obligatory courses, offered by the Faculty of Geography and RS
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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This course provides an overview of the major issues in urban sustainability. It aims to show that the way cities are designed and managed can be crucial to the global sustainability. The course examines definitions and concepts of urban sustainability, as well as the ways in which it can be promoted in practise. It covers problems of urban ecosystems, contemporary urbanisation, urban development and spatial planning, housing provision, infrastructure, biodiversity, water resource management, and urban populations, neighbourhoods and communities. It also discusses examples of innovative, sustainable metropolitan interventions and solutions.

Pełny opis:

The main aims of this course are to:

• demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key aspects of the concept of urban sustainability;

• demonstrate and discuss how cities can contribute to sustainable development.

Cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface. But, since 2007, more than a half of the global population is living inside urban areas. By 2050, most of the people living in the world will be living in mega cities of over a few million people. Most of these cities will be in the so-called “third world”. Therefore, the way cities are designed and managed can be crucial to the global sustainability. Most global and regional environmental problems originate in cities, but at the same time cities provide major opportunities to achieve economies of scale and use natural resources more efficiently (Alberti, Susskind 1996).

Taking these as a starting point for the course, we demonstrate and discuss different understandings of the concept of urban sustainability in global, regional and local scales, as well as the ways in which it can be promoted in practise. The questions we will address during the whole course are, among others, what makes a city sustainable, and what strategies should be adopted to achieve greater sustainability.

In particular, the course covers the following problems:

1. Urban growth and its consequences.

2. Contemporary patterns of urbanisation within different geographic zones.

3. Urban development and spatial planning, and their linkages with environmental and sustainability issues.

4. Historical approaches to urban development.

5. Urban neighbourhoods and communities (housing provision, social problems, inequalities, etc.).

6. Challenges for urban infrastructure.

7. Sustainable transport.

8. Linkages between urban development and environmental issues: biodiversity, water resource management, etc.

9. Green infrastructure.

10. Urban ecosystem services and its relationship with sustainable urban development.

11. Living conditions and quality of life in different urban environments.

12. Place-making and urban design.

All of these problems are discussed within the framework of sustainable urban policy, planning and development. Practical examples of sustainable interventions and solutions from cities across the globe, both the developed and the developing one, are evoked to illustrate how metropolitan areas respond to the challenges they are facing.


Atkinson G. et al. (ed.), Hanbook of Sustainable Development, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2014

Etingoff K. (ed.), Sustainable cities: urban planning challenges and policy, Apple Academic Press, Toronto 2015

Kronenberg J., Bergier T. (2010), Challenges of Sustainable Development in Poland, Sendzimir Foundation, Kraków

Marina A., and Susskind L.,. 1996, "Managing urban sustainability: an introduction to the special issue.", 213-221

Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis, Island Press, Washington DC

More sources will be given during the course. velopment_paper_satterthwaite_final_by_david_satterthwaite.pdf

Ramin Keivani (2010) A review of the main challenges to urban sustainability, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 1:1-2, 5-16, DOI:10.1080/19463131003704213

Satterthwaite D., Sustainable cities – and how cities can contribute to sustainable development, https://www.uclg.org/sites/default/files/ sustainable_de

Wheeler S. & T. Beatley, The sustainable urban development reader, Routledge, New York 2004

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Przedmiot nie jest oferowany w żadnym z aktualnych cykli dydaktycznych.
Opisy przedmiotów w USOS i USOSweb są chronione prawem autorskim.
Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Warszawski.